With a Growing Need, Boys and Girls Club Looks to the Future
Holly Pretsky
As the census continues to grow, the Boys and Girls Club facility off Robinson Road in Edgartown is no longer adequate to serve the needs.
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Vision and Laborious Hours Are Real Materials of Splendid New School, the Island’s Pride
Colbert Smith
An estimated 200 people stood squinting in the brilliant, hot sun Sunday afternoon, and watched Gordon Kelvin White and Robert Eldridge White Jr. raise the United States flag slowly to the top of a tall aluminum flagpole set in front of the new Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Before that Rev. Thomas H. Lehman had offered a short prayer; and after that, Mrs. Wilfrid O. White merely spoke the words that were inscribed in the base of the flagpole she had given the school, and on which her grandsons had run up the flag.
 
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School Savings Plan
Vineyard Gazette
With the approval and cooperation of the superintendent of schools, the principals and faculty, the Dukes County Savings Bank has instituted a school savings plan design to encourage thrift by regular savings. The teachers are provided with signature cards, the first step toward opening an account, and a deposit envelope for the first deposit. At least five cents is required. The bank will issue pass books in the name of all students.
 
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Public Schools See Steady Increase In Non-English Speaking Students
Holly Pretsky
There are now 327 students in English language learning (ELL) programs in the Island public schools.
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Mr. Shorter Addresses the Faculty
Rufus Shorter
Those of us who aspire to teach must never cease to learn, and I would hope each of us will work constantly to improve our craft.
 
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The School Superintendent: Man of Questions and Humor
Richard Reston
His education began in the anthracite regions of Pennsylvania, in small towns like Shepton and Port Carbon.
 
He had come to the smoky mining areas of the state as a young lad from Front Royal, Va., his birthplace, a small resort community nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. His father was a successful auto mechanic after long military service in the army.
 
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A 12-Step Program for Public Education
Vivian Ewing
In John Merrow’s new book, Addicted to Reform: A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education, the author describes what he sees as a society hooked on school reform.
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Schools Find Success with Eighth Grade Algebra Program
Ivy Ashe

Island educators say a new eighth grade algebra program prepares students for higher level math and brings the Island in line with other schools around the country. About 40 students are participating in the program.

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Giving the Gift of Education; Museum Receives Large Grant to Expand Programs
Ivy Ashe
The Martha's Vineyard Museum has received a $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant. “Sometimes you ask for the moon, and you get it,” said museum executive director David Nathans.
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School Enrollment Continues to Rise
Sydney Bender

Enrollment is up this year at Island public schools, especially in Oak Bluffs which now sends the largest number of students to both its elementary school and the regional high school among the six Island towns.

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